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West Pharmaceutical Fails To Meet Top Line Expectations; Maintaining FVE

Karen Andersen Sector Strategist

Analyst Note

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Wide-moat West Pharmaceutical reported disappointing third-quarter results driven by sales and gross profit below our expectations. The company was not immune to foreign exchange headwinds and inflationary pressures, and we are adjusting our near-term assumptions given management’s new 2022 revenue guidance. We maintain our $280 fair value estimate given our confidence in the company's long-term outlook, and shares appear undervalued following the market’s negative reaction to third-quarter earnings.

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Business Description

West Pharmaceutical Services is a Pennsylvania-based medical supplies company that operates as a key supplier to firms in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and generic drug industries. West develops, manufactures, and distributes elastomer-based supplies for the containment and administration of injectable drugs, including basic equipment such as syringes, stoppers, and plungers, along with somewhat more complicated devices including auto-injectors and other self-injection platforms. The company reports in two segments: proprietary products (82% of 2021 sales) and contract-manufactured products (18%). It generates 55% of its revenue from international markets and 45% from the United States.

530 Herman O. West Drive
Exton, PA, 19341-0645
Industry Medical Instruments & Supplies
Employees 10,065

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FAQs for West Pharmaceutical Services Inc Stock

Yes. WST has a forward dividend yield of 0.32%. See WST’s full dividends and stock split history on the Dividend tab.
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WST’s market cap is 17.47 Bil.
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WST’s stock style is Mid Growth.
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WST’s price/sales is 6.19.
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WST’s price/forward earnings is 28.41.
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WST’s price/book is 7.07.
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WST’s beta can be found in Trading Information at the top of this page.
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